pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Huge brew, similar in spirit to some quadrupels but with characteristic stout burnt and roasted malts, a touch of astringency.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 From a bottle into an ale glass. Smells of dark chocolate, cookie, and a little bit of sweat (maybe that just came to mind thinking of Rasputin, the slimy villain). Head size was average, a darker shade of light brown, looking nicely antiqued and disappearing almost as quickly as the Csarist regime’s involvement in WWI. The flavor is where it’s at: light to moderate sweetness, light acidity, light to moderate bitterness, all underlying huge flavors of chocolate and coffee. I was expecting to find grounds at the bottom of my ale glass. Well bodied (unlike the Csar’s wife while he was away at war, wasting away under the good "doctor"), oily and creamy. Mmmmmm. This could be dessert.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damned good stuff. Black as tar with an ample frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and quality chocolate. Some anise. Brandy. Port. Very complex and interesting. Medium to heavy body. The flavor was rich and robust. The coffee and chocolate with the brandy/port hints. Excellent. One of the best stouts.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Man this brew is like sucking down a glass of Russian dirt. Woah! Very dark. black as night actually. Head is brown. Deep light brow. Head dies. What remains smells like really good rum. I mean, really good rum. Notes of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and the plague. I can hardly drink a whole one of these. It destroys me every time. In the mouth it feels like your are sucking on a coal miners fist. So thick.like sug juice. Hard to finish, t be relished after dinner.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mondial de la Biere 2004. Very dark brown colour with glints of ruby and a frothy tan coloured head. Alcohol, merlot, dark bread and chocolate aroma. Vinous, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, and smoky flavours that blend together nicely. Full bodied and smooth, but without the richness I like in a stout. Actually preferred this to the Peche Mortel sampled immediately prior.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Tried this beer today, the first sip was absolutely wonderful! Very smoky, chocolaty, coffee flavour, small head, a wonderful beer! Bravo!
gnylen (12) - Topanga, California, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yardstick Imperial Stout. Finger-wide brown head forms and fades quickly, leaving behind the business end of this brew. Smoky, chocolate, coffee aroma is a mere prelude to the masterful blend of astoudingly complex flavors. First sips bring chocolate, followed quickly by Vienna roast coffee beans, anise, peaty single-malt scotch, mysterious hops well balanced by perfect sweetness. Unlike many West Coast Imperial Stouts, this one is not overly hopped. Takes me immediately to a rainy day in the Highlands, or a late-night Seisun at a pub in Ireland (even though it is "Russian"). I would give this a perfect score except I am rating the bottled version, while I hear it is a revelation on tap, pushed by nitrogen. The complexity deepens as it warms. I disgaree with those who have said the palate is thin. Drink a bottle and understand the gesture of the man on the label.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled Pours jet black, brown head forms & quickly dies leaving only a slight trace behind...well carbonated. Black liquorice, maybe even a touch of cherry dominate my nose...slight cobwebs are overtaken by burnt/roasty/smokey scent...good aromatics. Palate is lighter than expected, but still towards full, seems to feel bigger as the glass empties. Flavor is overridden by the finish, which screams liquorice and maybe a bit of peaty whisky lingering...dark sweet roasty, alcoholic flavor. Burnt alcohol as it goes over the sides of my tongue. Very nice RIS, not my favorite, but still complex and fun. Slightly thin, and the liquarice and burnt alcohol flavors I got detracted overall
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Very thick meaty beer. It has a strong roasty flavor, definite chocolate and coffee tones, with a nice long lasting head. Very nice.
Sammy (9692) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with blonde head. Roasty, salt and bitter and high acid. In sip: Cinammon, rye bread, bittersweet chocolate, fruit,licorice. Could be less hoppy. Medium texture.